Sunday, November 14, 2004

Sunday 11/14 links

Weekly Standard editor Fred Barnes is talking realignment. We'll see.

Newsweek columnist
George F. Will observes that the leftist mindset simply cannot tolerate the possibility that they lose election after election for reasons of substance; therefore, it must be the voters' fault: "Belief in the infantilism of the American public has been an expanding facet of some "progressive" thinking for 50 years—since the explosive growth of advertising, especially on television, in the 1950s."

Washington Post columnist
David S. Broder suggests that lefties calm down: "Bush won, but he will have to work within the system for whatever he gets. Checks and balances are still there. The nation does not face 'another dark age,' unless you consider politics, with all its trade-offs and bargaining, a black art."

US News & World Report columnist
Gloria Borger concludes that "Democrats need a twang."

The US military has tons of shiny toys, but former Army officer and now New York Post columnist
Ralph Peters explains that it ultimately comes down to grunts going door-to-door, "Down and Dirty."

Jerusalem Post columnist
Herb Keinon is relieved that Tony Blair could not persuade Pres. Bush to screw Israel.

New York Daily News columnist
Zev Chafets was appalled by the conduct of the crowds at the Arafat funeral--"chaotic, violent and hysterical"--and concludes that the Palestinians are "Still not ready for prime time."

Los Angeles Times guest columnist
Dennis Prager, a Jew, defends the cross on the Los Angeles city seal.

Chicago Tribune columnist
James Coates explores Microsoft's new search engine, which will never conquer Google--just as MS Word could never hope to compete with WordPerfect.

Prolific satirical blogger ScrappleFace
Scott Ott can draw distinctions: "While the vice president has a history of heart trouble, spokesman Mary Matalin said tests showed that 'this time it's only an ordinary cold, not the kind of cold that Soviet leaders used to get.'"